People can have many different names over time. Examine the example of a woman who immigrated to the US from an Eastern European country. She could have three names over time:
- Katerina Jurkiewicz (Birth Name)
- Katherine Yurkiewicz (Name used in the US)
- Katherine Davis (Married Name)
The list gets longer when we consider spelling variants and possible legal name changes.
Most, if not all, genealogy software have a concept of a "primary name" that is used for display purposes. Which name should I choose as the primary name?
I tend to chose the birth name, but even then I may not have a birth record for them. For people born in the US, I have plenty of spelling variants from censuses but I rarely find a birth record.